Monday, June 14, 2021

A You Tube star at 84

Buried in the ocean

Forests in the world

An interesting post by the World Economic Forum.

Some conclusions:

The world has lost an area the size of Libya in woodland since 1990, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 

Deforestation causes almost as much greenhouse gas emissions as global road travel. The new data shows that net losses of forest have slowed since the 1990s. Reforestation could reduce carbon emissions by a quarter, according to research. 

Forests store as much as 45% of all carbon on land. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

A rocket does its work

Courtesy of a childhood frend

Are men becoming less fertile?


College Accrediting Agencies Do Not Always Accredit

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is one of those agencies. It seemed to favor the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), which owned 16 college campus, none of which I had heard of. Some names - CollegeAmerica Phoenix, Stevens-Henager College, Idaho Falls.

ACCSC, in 12 years, raised concerns more than 30 times that colleges affiliated with CEHE were potentially failing to meet standards for quality, honesty, and other attributes crucial to students and taxpayers alike. Yet, CEHE never fixed the vast majority of these problems. An example - last year, a Colorado judge ruled that colleges operated by CEHE had knowingly engaged in deceptive practices, misleading students about graduates’ earnings, job opportunities, and ability to repay loans provided by the colleges.

Finally, in April 2021, more than a dozen years after concerns were first raised about campuses in the chain, ACCSC pulled the plug on CEHE by withdrawing accreditation—the seal of approval that makes the colleges it oversees eligible for federal student aid funds. Yet the colleges under the corporation already had received a collective $1.8 billion in federal grants and loans since 2008.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Flying with the birds

Courtesy of a Duncaster resident

Elephants on the move

Covid deaths disrupted the average a fair amount

Want a joint?

Then, you should move to the state of Washington and get vaccinated. But you can only participate in the “Joints for Jabs” program through July 12. If you don't want a joint, then you can get a free beer, wine or cocktail. 

If you don't want to go to Washington for a joint, you can go to Arizona where you can get free marijuana joints or gummy edibles if you're 21 and older and have received a vaccination. 

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Whales like Australia


A talking starling

 The following appeared in Snopes as something that is true.

And according to Washington State University wildlife ecologist Rodney Sayler and many ornithologists, the European starling is particularly skilled in mimicry and can reproduce a variety of sounds, such as the calls of other birds, dogs barking, cars honking, and the human voice.